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Faculty: Rishav Jain

TA: Alagappan Swaminathan

Craft +Future= ? Speculative Interior Practices - TOI 5

How does one position the practice of craft in the field of interior architecture today? The ever-expanding debate on the dichotomies of past and the future, the old and new, the traditional and modern, tools and technology have put constant pressure on the field of craft to reinvent and reposition itself. This has also resulted in a variety of manifestations of craft in the domain of interior architecture and design. The studio situates itself at the intersection of craft and interior architecture to identify the position of craft in contemporary interior design practices. The studio cultivated and strengthened interior design decision-making abilities for a given socio-cultural context. It sensitized students toward concerns of the global world, endowing them with the spirit of tolerance towards pluralism in the interior design practices of India. For this studio, each student: Explored the contemporary position of craft, Proposed a vision of the future, Developed an individual design manifesto and Constructed design propositions and craft prototypes. The studio involved rigorous reading sessions, theoretical analysis, field studies of various scales of craft practices, hands-on explorations with craft techniques, and design delibrations.

With a combination of research and design processes, each student through their design manifesto challenged their preconceived notions, establishing craft as a forerunner of interior design decision-making in the future. Through structured design explorations, together the works respond to the central question: what position will craft have in interior architecture practices in the future?

This studio unit is part of a 4-year-long project - Threads of Innovation (TOI), an international academic collaboration between CEPT University and NTNU, Norway.

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